Family Posessions – a visual geography of China

Here’s a collection of photographs from the Family Possessions project, displayed on China Smack.  There have been, over the years, numerous projects like this around the world, in which photographers get people to haul all their stuff out and display it in front of their house for a picture, and the pictures can be useful in getting a visual impression of different levels of material consumption, living standards, and notions of convenience around the world.  Taken as a whole, the Chinese version of this project reveals much about the generally low-levels of material possession in China.  For a similar project on food and eating customs around the world, see What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

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